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Telecom talks forge ahead

Friday, September 18, 2009

A Commonwealth Telecommunication Conference is under way in Nadi despite Fiji's suspension from the Commonwealth.

CTO vice chair Priyantha Kariyapperuma of Sri Lanka said the decision to have the conference on Delivering Broadband Connection for all Needs and Challenges was made in Nigeria in October last year.

Mr Kariyapperuma said that brought the CTO from Africa to the Pacific region.

He said it was fitting that the event was being held in the Pacific region given the potential for Broadband to make socio-economic improvements in island nations spread across a vast ocean.

The CTO's primary areas of work include research and consultancy, knowledge and capacity building and organising international events and conferences like the one they were attending.

"Importantly the CTO is a platform for its stakeholders to network, consult, learn from each other and arrive at consensus," he said.

"CTO believes in building bridges across nations and people to improve understanding across boarders by providing telecommunications access to all.

"In very near future this goal will change to Broadband for all."

Mr Kariyapperuma said that CTO, the premier ICT organisation of the Commonwealth has a 100-year heritage and experience in that important sector.

"CTO is proud to count many countries spread across the globe from Caribbean to Europe, and from Africa to Asia and Pacific," he said."